It’s so disorienting for political junkies of a certain age to hear news of a landmark ruling on gun rights from the Ninth Circuit — and then discover that it came out the right way. This is Stephen Reinhardt’s old court, the most reliably liberal circuit in the country.
The president with the most appointees on the Ninth Circuit who are active right now is Trump, with 10. The two judges who made up today’s majority were a Bush 43 appointee and a Trump appointee, Kenneth Lee. Lee was confirmed last year by the Senate to replace — you guessed it — Stephen Reinhardt.